Picking up from where I left off….(NSFW – some nudity)

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Prior to the personal events over Christmas (if you haven’t read about them you can take a look here), I’d done quite a lot of shooting, but also some training.  On the 14th October I attended a brilliant workshop run by Gofototraining, or more specifically photographer Adrian Crook and model Carla Monaco.   The workshop covered studio lighting, concentrating on fashion and fashion nude.

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Setup 1 – shadow and light

The first lighting setup is one of my favourites, as it creates a nice balance of light and shadow.

Carla knows automatically how to make best use of the light and was extremely helpful by giving all of us on the workshop some posing tips, so that when working with other less experienced models or paying clients the setup can be used to its maximum effect.

That sort of help was typical of the whole workshop, nothing was kept as a secret by Adrian or Carla, and critique was actively encouraged by both of them.   There was a reason of course, but more of that later!

A bit of light theory was also chucked in, along with proper use of a light meter, so a lot of knowledge was gained from the first session.  That’s stuff I’ve been putting to use since the workshop and very handy it’s been to me.

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Setup 2 – soft lighting without shadow

The next lighting setup was devastatingly simple, but very effective.   It’s not for me to make public Adrian’s setups (you’ll have to click on the link above and go to his site so you can book a place on one of his workshops), but using just two bare heads and some white polyboard we got this as a result.   Soft and shadow free, the lighting is nicely even and has changed the background colour to grey even though it appears black in the picture above.  That’s all to do with light falloff over distance, as discussed in the light theory that we talked about earlier.

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Setup 3 – black polyboard soaking up light

On then to the third setup and this time some black polyboard was used to reduce the amount of light being reflected around the studio.   The black board has the effect of soaking up the flash from the studio lights, and it creates some amazing effects.   The third photo shows this and  I think the whole atmosphere of the picture is changed by converting it to black and white.

Finally the last setup was, in my opinion, the most dramatic of the four we covered.

Using a single light which was gridded and angled, with a plain grey background, a lovely pool of light was produced which highlighted Carla’s face perfectly before the light fell off as it got further down Carla’s body.  To add effect, Carla wore a native American Indian’s headdress which complimented the background wonderfully.   I know I’ve used the word dramatic a lot concerning this setup, but that is the effect that I see in the picture.

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Setup 4 – the single light

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My setup!

Remember the sting in the tail I mentioned above about there being no secrets held back?  Towards the end of the session Adrian gave us a task which was to create our own lighting setup from all that he had taught us that day.  It was a bit of a shock, but we got down to it and this is what I came up with.  I hope you like it!

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